Adventurous Bike-Hiking Expedition 6D / 5N
If you like adventure and have a short time in Cusco, but want to visit the most picturesque landscapes full of adrenaline, learn about history, culture, among others, this expedition fits on your needs. The perfect combination for a great expedition is, nature and adventure in one.
Day 1. Cusco
That day of arrival to the imperial city will be quite relaxing. We pick you up at the airport and take you to the hotel to adjust and acclimate slowly. In the afternoon we will have a short walk through the streets of the historical city, visiting the cathedral, the local market and other small Inka sites close by.
Day 2. Cusco – Chinchero – Wayllabamba – Urubamba – Ollantaytambo
After our breakfast in the hotel, our van will take us to Chinchero, magical and intriguing town from different angles. We explore the ancient and modern town and we get to know the textile process of the place. After that, we take our bicycles and we begin the descent towards the sacred valley by a very picturesque route, full of pure adrenaline. Arriving in Wayllabamba where the van will pick us up and drive to Urubamba town for our succulent lunch.
In the afternoon, we explore the archaeological complex of Moray, the Inka laboratory. We will descend again by bicycle, visiting the town of Maras and then the salt mines. Arriving in Urubamba, we take our van and go to Ollantaytambo, where we visit the archaeological site. We spend the night in the hotel.
Day 3. Ollantaytambo – Abra Málaga – Santa María.
In the morning after the breakfast in our hotel, we take the van and drive to the highest point of our expedition, the Abra Málaga pass (4316 masl – 14160 ft.) a place with unique views and very interesting climate. We begin to descend for about 5 hours by the paved road that leads towards the tropical jungle, Quillabamba. As soon as we descend, the vegetation is gradually changing, and soon we will find ourselves in the cloud forest. Along the way, we will be able to see the beautiful, sweeping views of the region, passing by small villages, rivers, planting fields, and streams that end up in the archaeological site of Huamanmarca where we will have some free time. We will continue on bikes or in the van until we arrive at the town of Santa Maria where we will stay overnight.
Day 4. Santa María – Santa Teresa
Today we start waking up around 6:00 for our delicious breakfast, and then, hiking next to the river. We will climb a mountain for approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes until we arrive to the top, where we will admire the beautiful view of the valley and the canyon. Part of this trek includes over the trails of the original Inca trail that leads to the village of Quellomayo. Most of the trail is in the coffee, fruits and other crops fields. Around noon, we will have a delicious lunch and, after lunch, we will take a brief break before we continue our expedition along the Vilcanota valley.
By the afternoon, we visit the Cocalmayo hot springs (optional).
Day 5. Santa Teresa – Llaqtapata – Hidroeléctrica – Aguas Calientes
We will begin the hike early after breakfast, and have the opportunity to enjoy a small part of the famous and highly-acclaimed Inca trail! After a climb of 2 hours with amazing views of the Santa Teresa valley, we will arrive at the Llaqtapata Inca site right in front of Machu Picchu. This will be the first archaeological site we will see of the mysterious Lost City of the Incas! It is a very special place to enjoy together and spend time learning a bit more about this land’s roots and history. We will be able to see not only the ruins of Machu Picchu from this spot, but also Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain. After the Llaqtapata site, we will continue our trek with a 2-hour downhill hike. On this part of the trail, you are always able to view Machu Picchu until we arrive at Aobamba restaurant and have lunch.
After lunch, we hike 1 more hours to get Hidroelectrica (village and train station) where, you can decide to keep hiking or to take a train (34.00 dollars extra) until Aguas Calientes if you feel tired.
Day 6. Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Cusco
Your excitement for our rendezvous at Machu Picchu will rise as we are driving early in the morning through the cloud forest to reach the site before most other tourists – even the Inca Trail trekkers!! You will have plenty of time to explore this truly magnificent World Wonder while you enjoy the beautiful sunrise from this once-in-a-lifetime viewpoint. Your group will learn about this mystical place in a two-hour guided tour of the ruins. Afterwards, you can opt to climb Huayna Picchu or Machupicchu Mountain (if you have pre-booked tickets) or walk to the Sun Gate (without extra tickets). Lunch in Aguas Calientes and in the afternoon, we take the train back to Cusco.
- Transport from/to Cusco
- Bikes and biking gear
- Bus ticket from/to Aguas Calientes
- Experienced Bilingual Outdoor/biking Guide
- Accommodation (Tent and hotel)
- Duffle bag
- All food included (except the first breakfast and last dinner)
- Entrance ticket to Machupicchu and other small sites on the way.
- Sleeping bag
- Trekking poles
- Travel Insurance
- Tips for the staff (optional)
. Acclimatization is necessary in Cusco, two days before starting the tour. For a good acclimatization it is necessary to rest as much as possible, eat little, drink plenty of liquid; especially the coca tea that has medicinal properties. Adequate acclimatization prevents affecting the “soroche” or altitude sickness, which could cause numerous health problems.
- Do not drink alcoholic drinks before the expedition.